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What's the difference between cooking on a griddle versus a grill? Although largely a matter of preference, many fans of each cooking style will tell you that there are distinct advantages to each method. The good news is that with Zojirushi, you have a choice to do either in the comfort of your own home--right at the dining table with friends and family. Portable tabletop cooking can not only be fun and convenient, it's safe with no open flame. The added bonus is that it's also efficient for smaller living spaces.

This month let's kick off the summer with a couple of classic hamburger recipes and two savory miso-based chicken dishes!
Our Zojirushi cheeseburger takes advantage of our temperature controlled electric griddle, which can cook your meat, melt your cheese and even toast your bun perfectly for that juicy hamburger you crave!
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Bacon Cheese Burger
A burger isn't a burger without grill lines, you say? No worries--grilled Portobello, grilled onions, grilled cheeseburger; what a combination! Try this one with your family for dinner when you feel like staying indoors, but still want to barbecue.
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Grilled Cheese Burger with Portobello and Onion
Replicate that famous teppanyaki style of hot plate cooking right at home with this miso taste explosion. No need to go to a restaurant--simply turn on your Zojirushi Electric Griddle and you can sauté the chicken and the vegetables all at once!
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Miso-Marinated Chicken Teppanyaki
The ultimate party finger food--kushiyaki literally means skewer grilled in Japanese. Try these mini kabobs with miso marinade and you'll want to start experimenting with your own sauces and ingredients. The smoky flavor is unbeatable!
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Miso-Marinated Chicken Kushiyaki
Our burger recipes this month are very basic so that you can build upon them and dream up your own concoction. Don't forget, a solid foundational recipe is critical to branching out in gourmet directions later. A more interesting question is the Grill vs. Griddle debate as far as hamburgers are concerned.
A preference in patty thickness might dictate how you cook that burger. The patties should be made thicker if you want to grill them so that they don't fall through the spaces between the grill bars. On the other hand, you can make the patties much thinner if you plan to fry them on a flat griddle pan.
Of course taste comes into play--grilling is cooking on an open flame. If you like that smoky taste, grilling offers this added flavor. On the other hand, pan frying allows less of the juices in the meat to drip away and it will retain more moisture if you like it that way.
Cooking times will vary with each method, so if you're in a hurry to cook 'em and eat 'em, a griddle pan is probably better. The average cooking time might be anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes, where it might take up to 8 minutes to grill a well-done burger.
Either way, grillin' or griddlin', just be sure to cook thoroughly until the juices come out clear in color to avoid food borne bacteria. Don't hesitate to use a meat thermometer if you're not sure!
The miso-marinated recipes featured this month are a classic style of using miso in Japanese cooking. Besides the popular miso soup that graces almost every Japanese meal, miso-zuke is a marinade used mostly for beef, chicken and fish when barbecuing.
Made from fermented rice, barley and/or soybeans, miso was first brought to Japan from China in the 7th Century. During its start as a delicacy eaten only by the nobility and Buddhist monks, miso was originally eaten straight or spread directly on food. The process of making it grew more refined over the years and it became a staple of the samurai class. By the 16th century common farmers began to make their own miso and miso soup became part of the daily diet. Commercial production of miso began during the 17th century in Japan.
Today there are 3 broad types of popular miso: Shiro-miso (white), which is the mildest form and slightly sweet in flavor, Aka-miso (red), which is more pungent, salty and intense, and Awase-miso (mixed), which is a mixture that combines the best characteristics of both.
If you are a connoisseur of umami, the elusive fifth taste that exists in certain savory and earthy seafoods, fungi, cheeses and vegetables, miso has been found to be an excellent source. Its intense flavor has grown in popularity all over the world beyond just Japanese cuisine to the point of becoming mainstream. You may be tasting miso in a dish today without even knowing its presence--a hidden ingredient for many chefs and home cooks who love to experiment with flavors.
Convenient Zojirushi appliances used to create this month's recipes include the Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle, Indoor Electric Grill and Gourmet Roaster. Find out more about how these tabletop marvels can bring your family together for a truly rewarding meal.
The Gourmet Sizzler® is an electric griddle, where frying anything from pork chops to pancakes is more fun when it's done at your table. Japanese teppanyaki or Korean BBQ is a great way to fill the house with gourmet aromas. Our Indoor Electric Grill is designed to barbecue your steaks, vegetables or seafood; at your dining table with minimal effort. A drip pan is built-in to catch the excess oil and fat, making your hamburgers healthier for the family. The Gourmet Roaster has heating elements in its lid and base for broiling or roasting your favorite cuts of meats, fish or vegetables. A catalytic filter built into the lid helps to keep most of the odor inside, so even fish can be broiled indoors.
Tabletop Cooking is a term we use to describe cooking at the dining table rather than on the stove. It is interactive and everyone gets to join in on the cooking process. In addition to the recipes below, try your own versions of tabletop cooking. The best part of this type of cooking is that you can enjoy it with family and friends.
And remember, any time you have a question about Gourmet Products or about what they can do, visit our Zojirushi Encyclopedia-Gourmet Products section. You'll find tons of information right at the click of your cursor.
Japanese Fast Food! The Donburi (Bowl)
The most typical fast food in Japan is definitely Donburi. In America, Donburi dishes like chicken and beef bowls have gained in popularity. In next month's issue, we will introduce Donburi, a must for rice lovers!